• Friday, February 27, 2015

Published Date: February 26, 2015
Drink up!

Drink up!

  First things first, dehydration is not a summer thing. We often just blame the blazing sun when it comes to dehydration and water loss. Nevertheless, heat related dehydrations are also common. Carry a water bottle wherever you go. Indeed, water may fall a little mundane, but juice will jazz it up. Try out different sorts of fresh juices and shakes. Include fruits that have high water content. But limit caffeine intake: they suck the moisture off you. Stay healthy in this hot weather!

Published Date: February 26, 2015
Lassi legendary

Lassi legendary

Winter seemed to be a little unwilling to leave us at first, and hence, the first few days of spring were quite cold, but not so much: it was a pleasant weather indeed. But nowadays the mercury has began its long ascend. In the increasingly hot and humid weather that will soon become unbearable, a glass of cold lassi feels heavenly. Our pick is Nurani lassi, probably the best in town. Tomorrow, when it is weekend and the traffic is a little less annoying, go for a drive with friends to have the most delightful lassi ever. Nurani Cold Drink., established more than 60 years ago, is a small shop in Chawk...

Published Date: February 25, 2015
And the moon is the only light we see

And the moon is the only light we see

If looks could be deceiving… on the surface, one would think that Dhaka is a city that teems with life throughout the day and sleeps through the night like an infant past his nightlife. Come shine, the fishermen hark their prices of the day, elevators scale up and down corporate buildings and life,...

Special Feature

Published Date: February 24, 2015
Tying the Gordian knot

Tying the Gordian knot

Be it for a formal party, a corporate event, impressing girls or to effectively grade grub by looking suave in a class presentation – a proper necktie is the way to go to perfectly complement that mad men look you try to imitate with that slick suit and formal shoes. In a corporate world with a limited range to accessorise, ties are what can set you apart to make or break a deal. But as with everything pretty and chic, there's a downside to it all – it's better not to wear a tie than to do a sloppy job at it. The first issue is the knot. In school, when...

LOVING AND LIVING WITH PLANTS

Published Date: February 24, 2015
Green walls, green living

Green walls, green living

Last week I was on a field trip, travelling to the northern districts of Bangladesh. Among all the places in the northern regions, Rangpur is special to me for many reasons especially because in the late 70's my family spent great times in this beautiful town. In the days of undivided India, Rangpur was...

Spotlight

Published Date: February 24, 2015
Curious reads @ Boi Mela

Curious reads @ Boi Mela

Books  are an invaluable means of keeping your mind busy. Rather than spending countless hours in front of the PC, wasting every spare moment in social media, one should start rechanneling their leisure in more fruitful pursuits. We are a blessed nation as we have the Ekushey Boi Mela, which keeps bringing us back...

SPECIAL FEATURE

Published Date: February 24, 2015
The big little revolution

The big little revolution

This year's Boi Mela, like those in previous years, has dedicated an entire section to little magazines. The Little Magazine Corner, in the premises of Bangla Academy, features numerous stalls and several dozens of such publications. Crowds flock to the book fair, and many people visit this section with much fervour. Little magazines...

LS PICK

Published Date: February 24, 2015
Oscar fever

Oscar fever

                          1. The Departed (2006) - Last decade's Oscar winners were on a whole quite disappointing. The Departed is one of the exceptions. It's truly a wonder how Leonardo Di Caprio has yet to win an Oscar. Martin Scorcese proves that he's still got it, in style. 2. Forrest Gump (1994), Pulp Fiction, The Shawshank Redemption (1995) – 1995 was perhaps one of the best years for movies. Forrest Gump ended up taking home the big prize but it was a close race with The Pulp Fiction and The Shawshank Redemption hot on its trail. Both Forrest Gump and Shawshank Redemption are guaranteed to tug on your heartstrings. They are both...

DESHI MIX

Published Date: February 24, 2015
Guilt-free pleasures

Guilt-free pleasures

Chocolate mango smoothie Smoothies are a thick, smooth drink of fresh fruit puréed with milk, yoghurt or ice cream. In addition to fruit, many smoothies include crushed ice, honey or canned syrup. Comparatively smoothies are thicker, which makes them different from other drinks. Ingredients: 1 cup mango (cut into small cubes) 1 cup yoghurt 2 tbsp grated pistachio 1...

The Food Talk

Published Date: February 24, 2015
Shing Heong

Shing Heong

When it comes to Chinese cuisine, there are two names that are synonymous with authentic flavours in Dhaka and one of them is Shing Heong located at Banani, House 153, Road 11. The food is exceptionally good but a word of caution – this is not the tailoured to our tastebuds' 'Bangla Chinese' that...

FOR THE LOVE OF FOOD

Published Date: February 24, 2015
Warung warriors – III

Warung warriors – III

Having experienced a warung where no one spoke English and there were no menus, we decided to try the high end of warungs. We found one close to our hotel. Come to think of it, everything was close to our hotel. Warung Blanjong! It had a definitely chic air about it. Very clean, modern...

RESTAURANT REVIEW

Published Date: February 24, 2015
New players in town

Food places have been popping up in the city like mushrooms on the forest floor recently, and why should they not? They are lucrative ventures and everyone wants in on them. The reason for this popularity lies with the average outgoing citizen of Dhaka. See, recreational facilities in our fair city are quite limited to almost nonexistent, so obviously, there is only one place to go when people want to go out somewhere: restaurants. Such is the demand for restaurants...

Health

Published Date: February 24, 2015
Go nuts!

Go nuts!

A nut is a fruit composed of a hard shell and a seed and is generally edible. Nuts have different nutritional values and offer health benefits as well as help in losing weight. They are rich in calcium and protein, healthy unsaturated fat, fibre, vitamin E and B, etc. Since nuts are encased...

LS SUGGESTS

Published Date: February 24, 2015
How to shop for your best friend

How to shop for your best friend

It is a fact universally known that diamonds are a girl's best friend. That women love to adorn themselves with jewellery fashioned with them is another well known matter. And as much as women love all articles of jewellery, rings tend to hold a special place of their own. Those dainty little circlets,...

TRAVELOGUE

Published Date: February 24, 2015
WHEN IN ROME . . .

WHEN IN ROME . . .

It was the first time I realised that a Roman holiday could very well remind you of Bangladesh. Oddly, it is a familiar sight across Rome. A quick visual audit of the city and nearly every other roadside vendor, souvenir seller, shop worker and restaurant waiter appears to be of Bangladeshi origin. Who...

TIPS

Published Date: February 24, 2015
SEASON CHANGE WOES

SEASON CHANGE WOES

There are plenty of illnesses that can be picked up during season changes. It's better to be prepared so there are no nasty fevers to sour the joy of the new season. DON'T TAKE ANY CHANCES If you start feeling a cold at the back of your throat don't ignore it. Cut it off at...

SHEJAN LINCON

Published Date: February 24, 2015
Making our Tigers look good

Making our Tigers look good

The name, Shejan Lincon, has become synonymous with the Bangladesh Cricket Team. He has emerged as a designer with an eye for sleek, comfortable and stylish designs. A graduate from Shanto-Mariam University for Creative Technology, Shejan has always dreamt of making it big in the creative industry. He first came into the limelight...

PERSPECTIVE

Published Date: February 24, 2015
Cricketers on and off the field

They say cricket is not just a sport, it's a way of living life; hence Test cricket is still considered to be the format that truly defines the game till date. The way a player approaches a game for the entire day, speaks a lot about his character. However, there are certain players that tend to provide you with a completely new outlook when you have a chat with them off the field. Here are a few players who...

FITNESS

Published Date: February 24, 2015
Up close with Atul Vyas

Yoga is a much deeper exercise than pilates or interval boot camp or running, cycling, jumping rope, because it works on three levels: body, mind and spirit.  It facilitates the opening of mental faculties like the blossoming of a lotus flower.   These were the words of Atul Vyas, a yoga guru whom I had the pleasure of meeting in Jaipur.  We spoke for over an hour. Here are the highlights of his wisdom: Yoga transforms you. It opens you up...

PENNY WISE

Published Date: February 24, 2015
Use of traveller's cheques in Bangladesh

As you may be aware that the issuance or encashment of Travellers Cheques (TCs) has been discontinued in Bangladesh. There was a time (before the introduction of credit cards) when travelling meant rushing to the bank to get one's quota of TCs and cash foreign currency whatever was allowed.   TCs were very popular as they were secure and easy to carry – if by chance anyone lost them or they were stolen, a visit to the bank to report...

Published Date: February 24, 2015
CHECK IT OUT

Tasnim's Boutique TASNIM'S Boutique has emerged as a trendsetter in the fashion world soon after its recent launch. The outlet features a large collection of domestic and foreign products. It was inaugurated by many famous artists. Khondokar Shahidul Islam Shekhor, Managing Director, Rapid PR also attended the inauguration ceremony. Their outlet is located in Shop # 342, Level # 3, Shamoly Square. My Cell launches Spider A4 My Cell has launched a five inch QHD screen smartphone, Spider A4 --...

Published Date: February 17, 2015
Hale and hearty

Hale and hearty

One of the most overused clichés you have probably heard is, “Health is wealth”. It has been used so much that the importance of it has probably been lost. We do not pay heed to our health. Adding extra hours of work, cutting down on sleep, and eating like there is no tomorrow, many of us virtually abuse our bodies. But if your health fails, all other important matters become trivial. The unhealthy diets many of us follow have led to various health problems running rampant. Healthy eating can never be overrated. So what is healthy eating? But what really is healthy eating, you may ask. Tamanna Chowdhury, Principal Dietician, Department...

LS PICK

Published Date: February 17, 2015
SALAD COMBOS

SALAD COMBOS

Vegetable base (3 cups) Ideal mix 1. Cucumber, carrot, tomato 2. Cucumber, beet root, capsicum 3. Red cabbage, radish, boiled broccoli 4. Spring Onion, radish, cauliflower 5. Tomato, Brussels sprouts, chopped Kale Protein choice (1/2 cup) 1. Boiled chicken breast 2. Smoked almonds 3.Fresh lentils 4. Sour curd 5. Tuna fish 6. Chick peas HEALTHY FAT (3 TABLE SPOONS) Olive oil Roasted cashews Roasted sunflower seeds Shredded cottage cheese (ponir) Roasted...

THE FEARLESS OLIVE

Published Date: February 17, 2015
Simple corn

Simple corn

Of all the 'chotpotis' and 'fuchkas' that we can gorge on, a simple charred 'bhutta' sold on the street side maintains its own place as a healthy, staple snack that also passes off as a fast food! This week I take a look at how corn has travelled across the globe to become...

LS SUGGESTS

Published Date: February 17, 2015
OF FATS, FADS AND FACTS

OF FATS, FADS AND FACTS

At one point or another, we have all been tempted to follow a particular diet regime. Most likely, that diet was a hugely popular one, and it was always 'The One': a magic formula that would make us shed off the pounds we so badly want to get rid of. It was to...

Published Date: February 17, 2015
an alternative healthy diet

an alternative healthy diet

The days of the age old recipe of vegetable stew, handed down from mother to daughter, are gone. Niramish, delicious as it can be, is deemed easily expendable. Our ever hungry taste buds are continually searching to break the monotone, tired of the same old. When we were children, vegetables would mean boiled,...

EVENT

Published Date: February 17, 2015
Bank on Bogra

Bank on Bogra

The second auditions of the Rupchanda-The Daily Star Super Chef took place in the quiet city of Bogra. Despite a politically enforced shut down, the participants in Bogra weren't willing to concede their first chance at having a crack at the biggest culinary competition in Bangladesh. These people intended on putting Bogra on...

SPOTLIGHT

Published Date: February 17, 2015
Ekushey February

Ekushey February

Bangla the language I speak the comfort I seek that gives me a sense of belonging, a culture so grand rich traditions of the land for which my heart feels longing. Its songs and poetry endless in bounty leave me yearning for more, passion and emotion like a love potion which seems forever to pour. Young men promised their lives for language and pride with courage came out to declare, they could not accept loss of esteem and respect and give in to what was unfair. Shot on the streets as they stood on their feet young blood flowing in a stream, to establish their right they kept up the fight so we now live their dream. I dedicate my lines to the martyrs of time who shed blood to save the day, a standing ovation from all...

Special Feature

Published Date: February 17, 2015
An extravaganza of book stalls

An extravaganza of book stalls

If you are not supposed to judge a book by its cover, you should definitely not judge one by the bookstore or book stall either. But they are indeed marketing tools that help draw attention to the readers. This year, one thing that is in vogue at Amar Ekushey Grantha Mela is the...

SPOTLIGHT

Published Date: February 17, 2015
First Impressions: The Book Cover Conversation

First Impressions: The Book Cover Conversation

You may have a hundred books in your personal library; some you have read while others are still lying on the shelves waiting for your perusal. If you take the time to take a good look at the collection you have amassed, and take notice of the covers each of these books have, a new world into the realms of the imagery will open up to you.   A book cover is a crucial element in our reading experience. It's akin to the role of the record sleeve on your musical ears. A visual treat - it's the first thing you see and a good cover illustration can persuade you to...

Shoptalk

Published Date: February 17, 2015
MIDRANGE MADNESS

MIDRANGE MADNESS

Finally managed to coax your folks into buying a proper smart phone to replace that aging Nokia feature phone with a torch light? Well that's wonderful but there is a reality check to be had. Except for the few lucky ones out there, most of you will be given a budget of Tk25000...

EVENT

Published Date: February 17, 2015
Matir Mela

Matir Mela

When was the last time you paused and thought about where the plastic bottle of hair oil goes when you are done using it? You may sigh and say, “Too busy to think about such things!” and attach labels such as “tree huggers” and “environmentalists” to those who have nothing much to do...

Product Review

Published Date: February 17, 2015
Samsung Galaxy A Series in Bangladesh

Samsung Galaxy A Series in Bangladesh

Samsung Mobile Bangladesh has launched their latest and most stylish smart phones of the Galaxy A Series in the local market. The A5 and A3 feature a refined and trendy full metal unibody and powerful features, offering the most attractive smart phone device to cater to the demands of the young and the trend conscious consumers. The Galaxy A Series carries Samsung's slimmest smart phones to give users greater flexibility and convenience. The Galaxy A5 measures 6.7mm and Galaxy A3 comes at 6.9mm. Both devices feature a refined full metal unibody design that will come in a variety of colours to accommodate the personal style and preference of diverse users. Both...

Published Date: February 17, 2015
News Flash

News Flash

Sunsilk City Shine SUNSILK celebrated the launching of its new shampoo, Sunsilk Black Shine, in four major cities of the country (Bogra, Rajshahi, Khulna and Narayanganj) from 22 December to 28 December, 2014. The demonstrations of “Sunsilk City Shine” was arranged by Sunsilk to introduce the new look and formula of Sunsilk Black Shine...

Published Date: February 17, 2015
THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY

Nupur Beje Jai Date: Thursday, 19 February Time: 6.30pm – 9.30pm Venue: Chayanaut Cultural Centre A classical dance festival on the occasion of the five-year celebration of Nupur Beje Jai will be held with performances in Katthak by Shibli Mohammad and Shamim Ara Nipa, Orisi by Benjir Salam, Manipuri by Sweety Das Chowdhury, and Bharatnattyam by Zuairiyah Mouli and Shammy Akter. Perera Elsewhere, Electronic Music Concert Date: Thursday, 19 February Time: 7pm Venue: Jatra Roof Top, 60 Banani, Kemal Ataturk Avenue The German electronic musicians Sasha Perera and...

SKIP THE GYM...GET FIT

Published Date: February 17, 2015
What type are you?

One of the terms I LOATHE is 'cookie-cutter'. We're all unique snowflakes. Then why should our workout routines be the same? Authoritative information has its time and place but something I strongly believe in and recommend to others is -- you ready for this? Our OWN judgment. Read. Gather as much information as you can on whatever it is that intrigues/ concerns you. It's of utmost importance that you go over conflicting information and then form your OWN opinion....

HEALTH TALK

Published Date: February 17, 2015
Fit-Yes!

Fit-Yes!

Living up to the hype of the ever increasing number of restaurants and the trend of check-ins and selfies have made a gym visit the last thing one can look forward to at the end of the day. We all want to present ourselves at our best, but that is not enough motivation to hit the gym after sedentary office hours and an endless traffic. Due to insufficient parks and the dust engulfed streets, jogging and running are rather unhealthy preferences. We see teenagers being fitness fanatics, but the ones with a tedious and tiresome work life choose to have an imbalanced diet routine rather than an unexciting workout...

TIPS

Published Date: February 17, 2015
The Paint Job

The most cost effective and quickest home improvement project is painting your walls. You can transform the look of a room or your entire house using paints in a variety of textures, styles and techniques. On a shoestring budget Believe it or not but it is possible to add an extra dash of style using a bit of imagination and very little money! Even interior designers often use low budget home decorating ideas to do up low cost projects. The money you...

Published Date: February 17, 2015
CHECK IT OUT

CHECK IT OUT

Aranya's Ekushey attires In remembrance of the Language Movement, Aranya has designed a special collection of panjabis, saris and kotis. Black, white and red have been the choice of colours. Ekushey February is a day of mourning for the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for our mothertongue, and hence the use of black, white and sombre tones. The use of red symbolises the sacrificed blood, rebellion, glory and a new dawn. Even the Shaheed Minar often has a red sun behind it. In terms of design, Bengali alphabets have been used to create floral motifs. From a distance, they look like normal floral motifs, but when you look closer, you see...

Published Date: February 10, 2015
For the of the game

For the of the game

As a Bangladeshi, cricket runs in our blood and nothing short of the end of the world can get in our way when it comes to this beautiful sport. We stay up till 3am and swear to never watch another match when we lose by 3 runs but we always find ourselves glued...

Cover Story

Published Date: February 10, 2015
Eye of the tiger

Eye of the tiger

We, as a nation, are going through a very frustrating time, with the political chaos that is affecting each of our lives. Amidst this turmoil, we are looking forward to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. Scheduled to begin on 12 February, 2015, our excitement and hopes for Team Bangladesh is increasing everyday. Indeed,...

Published Date: February 10, 2015
O Captain!

O Captain!

Described as "Bangladesh's solitary cutting edge" after a win against Australia, Mashrafe Mortaza had dismissed Gilchrist for a duck in the same match. His cricket career can best be described as a mixture of consistent genius and sheer hard work despite the unfortunate series of injuries that has left him unable to play...

Cover Story

Published Date: February 10, 2015
MATCHES TO LOOK OUT FOR

MATCHES TO LOOK OUT FOR

The last time the World Cup was held Down Under, Bangladeshis cheered on their adopted teams. This time, though we are participants, front and centre and holding onto hope of qualifying even for the second phase, it won't be easy, despite having the world's best all-rounder in the side. In any other year,...

Special Feature

Published Date: February 10, 2015
NATURE’S new beginnings

NATURE’S new beginnings

It's that time of the year when we must step out, let go off our worries, and welcome spring. Our days are filled with news of political instability and fear, but as Bangladeshis, we are resilient. We celebrate life regardless of the troubles that come along. With the emergence of spring only a few days away, we are set to prepare for the first day of spring, Pohela Falgun.  

Special Feature

Published Date: February 10, 2015
Celebrating Pohela Falgun

Celebrating Pohela Falgun

Bangladesh is known for its distinctive six seasons. The most awaited season of all is Boshonto or spring. It begins on first day of Bengali month, Falgun, which is the thirteenth of February in the Gregorian calendar. You can wake up early at dawn and catch sunrise with your loved one over a cup...

THE FEARLESS OLIVE

Published Date: February 10, 2015
Spring delights

Spring delights

Awash in yellow and a burst of colours as spring arrives in full bloom, I look at some recipes that incorporate some of the Falguni elements of this season. Greet the change of season with a healthy and traditional menu. Let the marigolds adorn your house, your hair and some on your platter...

  

Published Date: February 10, 2015
BUDGET HONEYMOON DESTINATIONS

BUDGET HONEYMOON DESTINATIONS

For newlyweds, a honeymoon is a must for clearing the mind and embarking on the most astonishing journey of life.  It offers much needed down time after weeks of hectic wedding planning. It is an escapade from never ending post-wedding dinners and heavy party wear. You should definitely not miss out on the...

Spotlight

Published Date: February 10, 2015
Love me (not)

Love me (not)

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. When we think of abusive relationships, we tend to immediately imagine domestic violence, constant screaming, and a tear-stained existence. We are not undermining the seriousness of physically abusive relationships. That being said, these days it seems "abuse" is an entirely different ball game. At the most superficial level, relationships these days are all about the abuse...

L'ARTISTE

Published Date: February 10, 2015
Makeup without the makeup

Makeup without the makeup

    The trend of wedding makeups in Bangladesh has for the longest time been aimed towards one objective – to make the bride seem white. Based on this, a whole range of commercial parlours have been established catering to cake the faces of women, sometimes rendering them absolutely unrecognisable. The fact that makeup can be applied without it visibly sticking out and bringing out the natural features of a woman is a foreign concept for most Bangladeshis. And so the makeup industry here has always been behind the rest of the world, where the concept of 'makeup without makeup' is followed to bring out the beauty in a face without having...

Spotlight

Published Date: February 10, 2015
Of love and other demons

Of love and other demons

What makes a relationship work? Is it love and love alone? Or is it a mixture of every component of human behaviour? To love is to be patient, be understanding, be adventurous, be wise and then there are times when you need to be downright foolish. Some, however, take that folly to a whole new level. Compromise should be part and parcel of any good relationship, but once sacrifice equates a loss of dignity, compassion and above all, love itself, the tear in the relationship shows up. This progressively deteriorates and at one point we are left with nothing but emptiness. Falling in love is a wonderful experience where you are...